East Asian Art
Heart SutraMade in Korea, Asia
Yoon Kwang-cho, Korean, born 1946
Stoneware with white slip and incised decoration
Currently not on view
2003-177-1Purchased with the Hollis Fund for East Asian Art Acquisitions, 2003
LabelIn the mid-1990s, Yoon Kwang-cho extended his interest in Buddhism to the time-honored practice of copying the Heart Sutra. Worshipers in China, Korea, and Japan copy this popular Buddhist text many times in their lives to accrue merit for the next existence. The artist has here transcribed the complete sutra onto the surface of this large vessel, using a nail to incise each character into the semidried clay.